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Unread post02 Oct 2008, 16:29

Here is what I have, can any one add to this? I'm still amazed we haven't seen any FY numbers yet.



X-35A
301 (c/n PAV-1)
f/f October 24, 2000 - Tom Morgenfeld was the pilot
Converted into the X-35B for STOVL testing which took three months
f/f as X-35B June 23, 2001 - Simon Hargreaves was the pilot
Preserved – Udvar Hazy Museum, Dulles Airport, Virginia
(since at least October 2004)

X-35C
300 (c/n PAV-2)
f/f December 16, 2000 - Joe Sweeney was the pilot
Preserved – Patuxent River Naval Air Station Museum, Maryland and marked like an X-35B prototype (since at least April 2004)

F-35A
AA-1
f/f December 15, 2006 – Jon Beesley was the pilot
October 1, 2008 – moved to Edwards AFB, California for three weeks of testing.
October 24, 2008 - Returned to Fort Worth, Texas

F-35B
BF-1
f/f June 11, 2008 - BAE Systems test pilot Graham Tomlinson

F-35B
BF-2
Rolled out on August 18, 2008

F-35B
BF-3
(under construction)

F-35B
BF-4
Rolled out of the factory on January 21, 2009.
first flight planned for mid 2009

F-35C
CF-1
(under construction)

F-35C
CF-2
(under construction)

F-35C
CF-3
(on order)

F-35C
CF-4
(on order)

F-35A
AF-1
Rolled out on December 19, 2008

F-35A
AF-2
(under construction)

F-35A
AF-3
(on order)

F-35A
AF-4
(on order)

Non-Flying Examples:

F-35A
AJ-1 - Durability Test Aircraft
(under construction)

F-35A
AG-1
For Ground Testing
Rolled out on December 17, 2008 - Sent by truck and ship from Fort Worth, Texas to BAE Systems Structures Laboratory in Brough, England. Airframe will be twisted and bent to confirm the aircraft can withstand G-loading.

F-35B
BG-1
For Ground Testing (built)

F-35C
CG-1
For Ground Testing
(under construction)
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Unread post06 Oct 2008, 18:55

BF-1 First Flight BAE Systems test pilot Graham Tomlinson

Currently all the aircraft listed above are under construction in one phase or another. Other Aircraft that have been completed or that are in production include
F-35B BG-1 For Ground Testing - Completed
F-35C CG-1 under construction
F-35A AG-1 Under Contruction

There is currently another aircraft with the designation of AJ-1 that is under construction but not real sure who that one belongs to.
This wasnt much but I hope its a start
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Unread post06 Oct 2008, 19:59

Thanks sjean77

I updated a bit of what you said.

Looks like what I need is some roll out dates and would like to know the dates the X-35s were retired and what date they were put on display.

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Unread post07 Oct 2008, 00:11

I'm told that AJ-1 is also a static test airframe.

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Unread post19 Oct 2008, 05:28

It was the X-35A that was modified to X-35C. The X-35B was a separate build. Steve Pace
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Unread post20 Oct 2008, 19:57

f22enthusiast wrote:It was the X-35A that was modified to X-35C. The X-35B was a separate build. Steve Pace


I'm pretty sure it was the A that was converted to the B. The C was the separate airframe with it's larger wings, et.al.
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Unread post20 Oct 2008, 21:21

It was indeed the X-35A that was modified to X-35C CV after its CTOL demonstration flights.
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Unread post22 Oct 2008, 22:04

f22enthusiast wrote:It was indeed the X-35A that was modified to X-35C CV after its CTOL demonstration flights.


I'm not meaning to argue, but no, it was the A that was converted to the B while the C was a separate air vehicle.

From JSF.mil's history section:

The X-35A (aircraft 301) made its last flight to Palmdale, where it immediately began conversion to the X-35B STOVL variant. The flight LiftFan 3D had just arrived at Pratt & Whitney for acceptance testing from Rolls Royce North America.
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Unread post23 Oct 2008, 15:40

Lightndattic wrote:I'm not meaning to argue, but no, it was the A that was converted to the B while the C was a separate air vehicle.


Yup, that's why I never updated it. Although it would seem logical for the A to convert so easily into a C, as the B would seem to be a more difficult modification. Check out this official Lockheed-Martin photo and caption showing conversion of the X-35A to the X-35B:


Here the X-35A is being converted to the X-35B. The X-35B features a unique shaft-driven lift fan that amplifies engine thrust and reduces temperature and velocity during STOVL operations. The JSF team successfully installed the shaft-driven lift fan in the JSF X-35B in less than three hours. [LMTAS photo]
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Unread post23 Oct 2008, 18:32

I stand corrected: After close examination of all X-35 airplanes I see that the LM serial number 300 appears on the X-35C and 301 appears on both the X-35A and X-35B. I wrote two articles on the JSF program and wrongly reported in each one that the X-35A became the X-35C... Oops!

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Unread post24 Oct 2008, 21:56

Jon,

Adding the test pilots' names for the X-35 first flights:

X-35A: Tom Morgenfeld. X-35B: Simon Hargreaves (vertical take-off). X-35C: Joe Sweeney.

I understand that since neither these aircraft nor the prototype F-35s will be delivered to service, they have not been allocated USAF serial or USN BuNos. They don't appear to have FAA N-numbers either (in contrast to the YF-22s, which flew as N22YF and N22YX).

HTH, SP.
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Unread post25 Oct 2008, 02:25

skylinepigeon wrote:Jon,

Adding the test pilots' names for the X-35 first flights:

X-35A: Tom Morgenfeld. X-35B: Simon Hargreaves (vertical take-off). X-35C: Joe Sweeney.


Updated

Thanks skyline... these are excellent updates.
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Unread post28 Oct 2008, 16:34

raameagle wrote:I'm told that AJ-1 is also a static test airframe.

Regards

Mark


AJ-1 is a Durability Test Article...a different beast from a static test article. There were plans for a CJ-1, but I don't know the status.
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Unread post19 Jan 2009, 19:37

Updated AF-1 and AG-1.

Any other updates?
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Unread post31 Mar 2009, 21:49

As of March 31, 2009.

Flying (3):
AA-1, BF-1, BF-2

Completed (5):
AG-1, AF-1, BG-1, BF-3, BF-4

Under construction (18 ):
BH-1, BF-5, BF-7
CJ-1, CG-1, CF-1, CF-2, CF-3
AJ-1, AF-4, AF-5, AF-6, AF-7, AF-8, AF-9, AF-10, AF-11, AF-12


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